Nancy Higgins of Bechtel Tapped by Ethics Resource Center for 2014 Carol R. Marshall Award for Innovation in Corporate Ethics

November 14, 2014

Arlington, VA. – The Ethics Resource Center (ERC) today announced that Bechtel executive Nancy Higgins will be awarded the 2014 Carol R. Marshall Award for Innovation in Corporate Ethics (Marshall Award). Higgins, who has served as the Bechtel Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (CECO) since 2007, has held senior ethics posts in three industries and has been a leading innovator, a champion of best practices, and a mentor to professional colleagues for 20 years.

The Marshall Award, established in 2011 as a posthumous honor to former ERC Board member Carol R. Marshall, recognizes a chief ethics and compliance officer for innovation and leadership in building or enhancing a corporate ethics and compliance program. ERC’s selected honorees are national leaders, serving as role models in the profession by advancing the ethics and compliance field. The annual award has been funded through a contribution from the Northrop Grumman Corporation.

“For more than two decades, she has sustained her commitment to corporate ethics as a hands-on practitioner responsible for designing and implementing ethics programs,” ERC chief executive officer, Patricia J. Harned, Ph.D., said. “She has actively promoted best practices across the ethics field and demonstrated a flair for innovation in program design everywhere she has worked. Nancy epitomizes the spirit of Carol Marshall, one of her predecessors as chief ethics officer at Lockheed Martin, and who later joined Nancy’s team at MCI.”

Ms. Higgins’ specific accomplishments include chairing the Defense Industry Initiative’s (DII) working group on Business Ethics and Conduct from 1997-2001. At Bechtel, she developed a notably effective training initiative called “Ethics Awareness Workshops” that engages Bechtel employees worldwide in small-group discussions and analysis of real-world ethics challenges they face in their jobs.

“I am honored and delighted to receive the Ethics Resource Center’s Marshall award,” Higgins said. “This award means a lot to me, not only because its namesake, Carol Marshall, was a dear friend and colleague, but because it comes from an organization that I have worked with ever since I was first introduced to the field of business ethics almost 25 years ago. I want to share this honor with the other ethics officers who were there at the beginning, and also with the talented and dedicated members of the ethics and compliance teams I have led at Boeing, Lockheed Martin, MCI, and now Bechtel.”

Ms. Higgins assumed her position as Bechtel CECO in 2007. She began her career in corporate ethics at Boeing where she was named Director of Ethics and Business Conduct in 1994. She served as the top ethics officer at Lockheed Martin from 2000-2003 and then accepted a similar post at MCI in 2003 as the former WorldCom sought to reconstruct itself after the company’s fraud and accounting scandal.

Carol Marshall served as Vice President of Ethics and Business Conduct at Lockheed Martin and also held the post of Senior Vice President of Ethics and Business Conduct at MCI. She later ran her own consulting firm until her death in September 2009.

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